Around the Nation (June 11): Browns sign rookie RB Terrance West

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FOOTBALL

Browns sign rookie RB Terrance West

BEREA -- The Browns have signed rookie running back Terrance West.

A third-round selection in last month's draft, West's four-year deal is worth approximately $2.8 million. West posted a photo on his Instagram account of him signing the deal.

The Browns selected West with the 94th overall pick. The muscular 5-foot-10, 225-pounder rushed for 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns last season for Towson. He finished with 4,854 career rushing yards and 86 TDs. West recorded 23 100-yard rushing games, including six 200-yard games.

He took snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense in practice on Wednesday as Ben Tate was kept out of 11-on-11 drills with an unspecified injury.

The Browns have now signed three of their six draft picks. The club still has to work out deals with quarterback Johnny Manziel, cornerback Justin Gilbert and offensive guard Joel Bitonio.

BASEBALL

Indians' Francona selected to manage in All-Star Game

NEW YORK -- Ron Gardenhire will be in the dugout with the AL All-Stars at his home stadium.

The Minnesota manager was chosen along with Cleveland's Terry Francona as coaches to join AL manager John Farrell of Boston in the July 15 All-Star game at Target Field.

For the NL, manager Mike Matheny of St. Louis chose Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh and Fredi Gonzalez of Atlanta as his coaching staff.

Francona has himself managed the AL team before -- in 2005 and 2008. In that second one, Farrell served as his pitching coach for the game. Gardenhire, who has managed the Twins since 2002, has been an AL coach in 2003 and 2007.

BASKETBALL

Chicago Bulls' Brewer pleads not guilty to DUI

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Brewer entered pleas through an attorney Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08. In fact, prosecutors allege that his blood-alcohol was 0.15 percent or more -- nearly twice the legal limit.

Brewer was stopped in February near Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

He was charged last month.

Probate trial set for Donald Sterling

LOS ANGELES -- A trial has been scheduled for next month in Los Angeles probate court to determine whether Donald Sterling was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the Clippers.

An attorney for Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Sherry Sterling, sought the trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with a $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Sherry Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, says three doctors have filed reports saying Donald Sterling lacks the mental capacity to be a trustee.

The trial will begin July 7 and last four days. The deadline for the sale is July 15.

Donald Sterling's lawyer, Bobby Samini, left the courthouse without comment after a clerk announced the trial schedule.

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